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Original antique photograph embroidered with embroidery floss.
Piece comes framed in white "Diamond" square frame, sawtooth hanging.

Size: Unframed: 5.25"H 3.25"W
Size Framed: 14"H 14"W

Photo origin: Germany

Artist statement:

My current mixed media series, titled String Theory, is composed of antique photographs which have been embellished using multicolored embroidery string. These original portraits were acquired from around the world with the intention of being used for the series. The old photos have been tailored to represent modern culture and styles; at times they transcend modern fashions and even humorously mock them. The work is meant to juxtapose and at the same time blend the old with the new, changing the expressions and circumstances of the portraits into absurd and sometimes morbid scenes. The black and white (sometimes sepia) toned photos contrast the bright colors of the embroidery, which make the designs visually prominent in the pieces, almost making the viewer overlook the age of the photos and their original use.

These photographs were for the purpose of remembrance, almost as memento mori, for the living family of the person/people depicted; they probably were treasured, handed down through the generations until their names and importance were forgotten through time. As an artist I like to think of my intervention with these "relics" as giving them new life, reviving and welcoming them into the new age. The series can be seen as a way to explore a hypothetical circumstance in which these beings were to come to life in modern-day United States. The "fashions" and attitudes portrayed are a sort of caricature of the diverse trends seen in recent years, ranging from hipster to punk and goth. The tone of the work is meant to be humorous while attempting to explore and analyze modern lifestyles.

Process:

My process begins with selecting the photographs from thrift stores, antique shops, or flea markets; I try to choose oval shaped photos which have been enhanced with charcoal or pastels in order to make the collection as cohesive as possible. Then, in my sketchbook, I draw the photo and add whatever design I plan to add with string; I transfer my design directly onto the photograph using a pencil and then use a needle tool to make needle sized wholes through which I later embroider using multi-colored embroidery string.
Original antique photograph embroidered with embroidery floss.
Piece comes framed in white "Diamond" square frame, sawtooth hanging.

Size: Unframed: 5.25"H 3.25"W
Size Framed: 14"H 14"W

Photo origin: Germany

Artist statement:

My current mixed media series, titled String Theory, is composed of antique photographs which have been embellished using multicolored embroidery string. These original portraits were acquired from around the world with the intention of being used for the series. The old photos have been tailored to represent modern culture and styles; at times they transcend modern fashions and even humorously mock them. The work is meant to juxtapose and at the same time blend the old with the new, changing the expressions and circumstances of the portraits into absurd and sometimes morbid scenes. The black and white (sometimes sepia) toned photos contrast the bright colors of the embroidery, which make the designs visually prominent in the pieces, almost making the viewer overlook the age of the photos and their original use.

These photographs were for the purpose of remembrance, almost as memento mori, for the living family of the person/people depicted; they probably were treasured, handed down through the generations until their names and importance were forgotten through time. As an artist I like to think of my intervention with these "relics" as giving them new life, reviving and welcoming them into the new age. The series can be seen as a way to explore a hypothetical circumstance in which these beings were to come to life in modern-day United States. The "fashions" and attitudes portrayed are a sort of caricature of the diverse trends seen in recent years, ranging from hipster to punk and goth. The tone of the work is meant to be humorous while attempting to explore and analyze modern lifestyles.

Process:

My process begins with selecting the photographs from thrift stores, antique shops, or flea markets; I try to choose oval shaped photos which have been enhanced with charcoal or pastels in order to make the collection as cohesive as possible. Then, in my sketchbook, I draw the photo and add whatever design I plan to add with string; I transfer my design directly onto the photograph using a pencil and then use a needle tool to make needle sized wholes through which I later embroider using multi-colored embroidery string.

Reviews

5 out of 5 stars
(16)
  • Reviewed by Vladimir Frost
    5 out of 5 stars
    Aug 10, 2018
    So beautiful! Highly recommend! Great communication and she worked with me on getting the right case for my phone and exactly what charms i wanted!
    Custom Order for Vladimir

  • Reviewed by chillary17
    Buyer photo chillary17, who reviewed this item with the Etsy app for iPhone.
    5 out of 5 stars
    Aug 9, 2018
    AHHHHH I LOVE THEM. Thank you so much!! They’re not as heavy as I expected; they’re quite comfortable!
    D20 Earrings

  • Reviewed by Sidney Reyes
    5 out of 5 stars
    Jul 29, 2018
    It looks cool affff. I love skyrim with a passion so seeing the sweetroll, swords, and soul gems was fitting (along with the cute theme). Definitely worth the money.
    Custom Order for Sidney

  • Reviewed by Adria Llerena
    5 out of 5 stars
    Jul 19, 2018
    custom poece for adria

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FAQs

Phone cases: handle with care and do not submerge in water
Earrings: handle with care and do not submerge in water
String Theory work: It is highly recommended that the art piece is NEVER removed from it's framing. These are original antique photographs after all and are therefore very delicate!
The framing can be hung anywhere on a sturdy wall with the help of nails.
Phone cases: feel free to order a custom phone case! Please send me a message with the type of phone and what generation. Also include the theme and colors you desire.
Earrings and mixed media pieces: I you happen to have a photograph of a family member or loved one that you would like to have embroidered by me, please do not be afraid to email me directly! I am very open to commissions of any size!
Phone cases: I decorate the phone cases with silicone piped through a frosting tip and attach charms and glitter
Mixed media pieces:I first start out with an antique photograph, preferably one that is already an oval shape (if not, the rectangle is usually cropped; this is both to have a cohesive series as well as preventing any warping while I embroider) then I sketch out the same portrait in my sketch book where I doodle and play with different designs on the photo. When I have found the design that is perfect for my subject, I transfer with pencil the shapes that will later be embroidered. Using a needle tool I poke through the photograph, following the lines I created with the pencil. I finish by embroidering using embroidery floss/stri
I use embroidery floss or string. I prefer the floss, I find the colors to be more vibrant as compared to the string.
Not yet! You have to remember that if the photograph was sold then its most likely the descendants that directly knew the person have passed, so I haven't run into any problems of the kind as of yet.
I usually just doodle whatever is on my mind at the moment! Maybe the subject reminds me of a character from a show or movie; or sometimes I just really have something stuck in my head like a song lyric.

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  • Materials: Antique Photograph, Embroidery string
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